The drive from Tallinn to Auvere in North-Eastern Estonia was long and dark. The winter sun had yet to rise and we saw little of the outside world from our misty car windows.
An expanding digital marketplace, financial stability and strong economic growth; Estonia is setting the pace for other European nations, according to the Baltic nation's leader.
He started his first business venture as a street vendor but two decades later Fomba Trawally has become one of Liberia's most prominent businessmen.
Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are seen as the most corrupt nations in the world, according to Transparency International's latest survey, released Tuesday.
Last month some of the world's wealthiest jewelry collectors gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel in Geneva for an auction of rare gems. They had green in their eyes. "Here we have showing on the left the stunning 'Patino' emerald and diamond Cartier necklace," the Christie's auctioneer said. "We shall start the bidding at five million Swiss francs."
Is there really going to be a global wine shortage following predictions from a Morgan Stanley report? Industry experts say no.
What will the airport of the future look like? Find out with our interactive feature.
A new installation at Wellington airport showcases iconic characters from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
From his apartment in Nairobi, a Kenyan artist uses old cutlery to create rings, bracelets, necklaces -- crafting unique creations.
With tablet sales predicted to surpass PCs and laptops in 2015, why aren't more companies embracing mobile platforms?
The value of classic cars has risen by 430% over the last decade. What makes them such a desirable investment?
Argentina says it intends to go after companies drilling for oil off the disputed Falkland Islands, triggering a fresh diplomatic row with Britain.
Europe must stop being nationalistic if it wants to help a lost generation of workers, the regional boss of U.S. conglomerate General Electric says.
Next year's college applicants have some difficult choices to make. Is it better to go to state school or private? Stay close to home or ship out to Abu Dhabi?
I first met Alvaro Palacios in 1989 when I was freelancing for the Wine Spectator magazine. That job required me to visit dozens of wineries, and I was even obligated to taste wine.
A new report praises South Africa's economic transformation since apartheid. But enormous challenges remain.
An independent Scotland would retain Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, keep the pound sterling currency, and remain within the European Union, according to a policy document presented by Scotland's devolved government Tuesday.
Meet Anne Sweeney, the ABC/Disney president changing how we watch TV.
Viktor Nikolsky has spent most of his life on the open water but gave it all up after being kidnapped by pirates.
All that glitters is not gold, and not all designer jewelry is made from precious metals and gemstones. This Ugandan company is making jewelry from cow horns.
Chinese artists are painting the globe red and the regional art market is no longer hostage to fickle buyers, the Asia president of auction house Christie's told CNN.
The historic six-month agreement over Tehran's nuclear program may begin a new era of relations with Iran, but it will be a long road back for the country's most vital sector, oil.
Anna Akbari Ph.D., sociologist and Director of Content at Monogram, explains why being an 'underdog' can be good for your career.
With so much competition in the retail industry, one Finnish company is combining traditional shoemaking with 3D technology to create bespoke footwear.
Companies like Red Bull are turning to multi-pronged social media recruitment campaigns to unearth hidden talent.
A decade ago, they zoomed down the futuristic highways of science fiction film Minority Report. Now, driverless cars may be coming to the roads of the real world.
The London Taxi Company has been ferrying the city's passengers around for more than 60 years, ensuring its brand is recognized the world over.
Even when pulling a 60-degree angle bank turn over the Dubai desert, the U.S. military's V-22 Osprey aircraft is hardly approaching the limits of its capabilities.
The Dubai Airshow is one of the biggest events in aviation, and what goes on there could shape aviation for years to come.
By 2020, it's estimated 450,000 pilots will need to be trained. In years to come, could women from the Middle East be the ones filling the ranks?
In the sleepy seaside town of Mariel, northwest Cuba, a hulking monument to the communist islands' evolving economy is rapidly taking shape.
More than half of Burundi's population makes a living from coffee beans, but they see little of the profit from the coffee industry.
'Millennial' will make up half of business travelers 2020. As a result, hotels and airlines are racing to meet the needs of this younger demographic.
There once was a time, many years ago, when the sounds of bagpipes struck fear into the stomachs of Englishmen.
The fact that Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airlines bought more than $150 billion worth of commercial planes on the first day of the Dubai Airshow has surprised no one, but at the same time worried just about everyone in the airline industry -- well, everyone who's not working for the Gulf airlines. The sheer number of aircraft being purchased at this year's show is outstanding, amazing and a little bit disconcerting.
In 1997, Andy Green broke the world land speed record when he drove the Thrust SSC 763mph. Can he break 1,000mph?
Louis Vuitton becomes latest luxury brand to design theatrical retail experiences including bespoke boutiques, hotels, cafes and clubs for shoppers.
Flying robots have proven themselves capable sheep herders, delivery boys, filmmakers and spies. Now, when can we have one?
A push by British Prime Minister David Cameron to advance his country's business interests in the United Arab Emirates may not yet deliver the contracts.
Skyscanner CEO Gareth Williams tells CNN how his Edinburgh-based start-up became Europe's most popular flight search engine and a billion dollar company.
Motorola unveiled its new lower-cost smart phone, the Moto G, on Wednesday, aimed at consumers in emerging markets and those on a tight budget everywhere.
José Manuel Barroso has launched an inquiry into whether Germany's large current account surplus is harming the wider European economy.
3D advertising is helping Kenyan companies to engage with audiences and lure international investors.
New airline routes outline more than new holiday destinations. They can point to emerging markets, too. What 2013-2014 route launches tell us about the world?
You've probably heard by now about the Afropolitans and the Afropreneurs -- but what about the Africapitalists?
Greece is on the way to economic recovery as investor faith returns to the recession-ridden eurozone nation, an executive at Greece's largest bank has told CNN.
BT has achieved its biggest sporting coup yet over Sky, winning the rights to show Champions League football matches in a £900 million ($1,442 million) deal.
It's a meticulous harvest which forbids the use of a spade, let alone tractors.
Ethiopia is turning to renewable energy as it looks to become a powerhouse for its regional partners.
Meet Sergey Matveev and family, St Petersburg's "First Family" of drawbridge operators.
Cui Shufeng is a retired government worker in Beijing. She is one of the lucky homeowners who bought her place long before the housing sector galloped out of reach for the average Chinese salary worker.
Portugal will avoid a second bailout when its current financial aid program expires in the spring of 2014, according to the boss of the country's largest energy provider.
Could chess become the next lucrative spectator sport?
Can young ambitious people learn more in humble part-time jobs than serving out grandiose internships at big companies?
Why hiring former competitors is a flawed business strategy.
Downtown Johannesburg -- once a no-go zone riddled with crime -- is undergoing an urban restoration.
Ryanair shares plunged on Monday after it cut its earnings forecast for the second time in two months, predicting it would record net profit of up to €520m in 2013-14.
How Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen turned international failure into an opportunity to carve out a new business strategy.
One of the masterminds behind the euro says Europe would have suffered a far worse fate if the single currency had never been created.
Royal Bank of Scotland on Friday announced plans to transfer £38bn of its riskiest loans into an internally managed bad bank, with the aspiration of running down the portfolio within the next three years.
As Japanese authorities widen their investigation into ties between financial institutions and organized crime, an investigative reporter says the current allegations have left with a sense of "déjà vu."
Sometimes, the first step toward a great answer is to reframe the question.
Could the seven deadly sins offer up clues to the secret of career success? Some experts believe so.
Neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman explains how we can make ourselves smarter, happier, and more productive by building on our social intuition.
Where are the world's most dangerous waters? Hint: they're not off the coast of Somalia.
Mind wandering isn't just a waste of time, say researchers. The benefits of daydreaming include enhanced creativity and productivity at work.
As a country, Turkey is often described as a bridge between Europe and Asia. On Tuesday, for the first time, the two continents will be officially connected by a multi-billion dollar underwater railway tunnel.
Wearable technology could be the new norm and become integrated into workplaces all over the world.
Economist and author Noreena Hertz explains why it pays to not get stuck in your own success and make choices with your eyes wide open.
Bored at work? Maybe you should try doodling to boost your concentration, says doodling evangelist Sunni Brown.
Mindfulness training is helping business leaders rethink the way they make big decisions, stay sane and get ahead at work, says neurologist Dr Tamara Russell.
Evidence shows that positivity increases when workers are given increased flexibility in their roles and more work-life balance.
Research suggests that a default brain mechanism may cause us to lose empathy when we gain power. So promotions really do make us mean.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is very softly spoken. The tech titan, now chief executive of mobile payments company Square, is an observer who pays close attention to everything that goes on around him.
Jack Dorsey might be an unassuming character -- but he's also a tech titan who reinvented the way the world communicates. And now he's on a mission to do the same for commerce.
The New York Stock Exchange conducted an electronic systems test Saturday in preparation for Twitter's highly anticipated initial public offering.
The Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase are wrestling with whether some of the $13 billion tentative settlement covering JPMorgan's mortgage practices should come out of the government's pocket, a source familiar with the talks told CNN.
Social media site Pinterest just pinned down $225 million in funding, making its value $3.8 billion. It is yet to make revenue. So is the valuation realistic?
As Spain continues its drive to slash budgets and cut spending, one of the nation's favorite pastimes -- the siesta -- is under threat as ministers look for ways to boost productivity.
Business organizations are learning from each other by hosting visits and exchanging ideas with companies in different industries.
Work for free and advertize yourself: Eight tips on how under-employed millennials can score the perfect job?
Alan Mulally has vaulted to the top of the list of potential contenders to replace outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, but the Ford CEO demurred when asked about the speculation Monday.
Countries rarely default, at least not under the basic understanding of the term.
The head of the International Monetary Fund is warning European governments against complacency despite the region returning to growth earlier this year for the first time since 2011.
With all the talk this week of Congress's manic eleventh hour rush to raise the debt ceiling and prevent a possible U.S. default, it has been easy to forget the underlying issue: the U.S. government will not always be able to spend more money than it receives in taxes.
From priceless art to cutting-edge architecture. Take a peek at the world's most spectacular train stations.
Meet Apple's new executive Angela Ahrendts, the former Burberry CEO who revitalized a heritage brand for the digital age.
Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts, is swapping expensive trenchcoats for Silicon Valley as she steps down from the luxury goods maker to take a senior position with Apple.
The half croissant, half doughnut, viral pastry sensation - the cronut - has arrived in the UK
Chinese counterfeiters are cashing in on the lucrative market for premium headphones, as seen with the success of Dr. Dre's Beats brand.
Growing up in Lisbon, I was always pleased to tuck into the little fish pates offered as part of the entrees at my local restaurant. Little did I know, that many years later, this Portuguese staple of sardines would become one of the hooks which would lift the Iberian nation out of recession.
AshleyMadison.com, the dating website for people seeking affairs with married individuals has dropped another pin on its map -- Asia.
She is poised to become one of the world's most powerful women, alongside Angela Merkel and Dilma Rousseff. But who is Janet Yellen?
Two weeks into the U.S. government shutdown and, days before a potential default, president Barack Obama has made a last ditch attempt to restore credibility to the world's largest economy.
The world is worried about the U.S. debt crisis. The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, told me on Wednesday the bank was "ready to go" with help for poor countries caught up in the backwash of the world's crises.
A lack of railways, ports and quality roads has hindered Africa's development in recent years, but a number of megaprojects are set to change that.